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The Gospel digs deeper … again

Last week, Rebecca and I participated in the Mission14: Vision Forward Europe Area Conference.  Two things caught my attention and reminded me of how the Gospel ‘must go somewhere’ when it floods into a person’s or a community’s heart.mission14-logo

First, the theme for the week was personal and leader development.  As Albert spoke on leader development, he emphasized that the foremost characteristic a leader needs to develop in his/her life is humility.  Of all the elements he could have chosen, he chose an element that only the Gospel could produce in a leader’s life. The antithesis of humility is pride which can only be rooted out by the Spirit’s work to drive us to faith and repentance.

Albert used John the Baptist as his primary example, pointing out the fact that at a given moment in his ministry John began pointing people away from himself to Jesus. A good leader, a gospel centred leader points people not to himself or herself, but back to Jesus.

Second, as I looked around the room, I was amazed by the large number of cultures represented. Yes, there were some struggles in communication, but we were all joined together in a common cause, a shared vision.  We experienced in a small way what the Church is and should be.  The only way that such a disparate group of people could fellowship and serve together would be as a result of God’s Spirit transforming hearts and breaking down barriers which would normally exist between people.

What I felt during that week was something I’m hoping will grow into a much larger reality across World Team as the Gospel continues to drive us back to Him, and asking that He will add more workers to His harvest from everywhere.

4 Responses

  1. It was great to see many national partners joining this conference. The Lord used Albert, Steve and Mark’s teachings to impact my life. I’ll seek to expose this more intentionally within my TC4u circle as the Lord is showing me a specific path to repentance and faith. Thanks to all who helped to organize this conference.

  2. Good word, Carl! I would agree that the conference was challenging and Lord willing the outcomes that each came away with can be put into practice.

  3. May God indeed add more workers to World Team from everywhere. I have long prayed and worked to see World Team truly become a WORLD team, not just a team of westerners.

  4. It was exciting to see so many new workers from all different places! Like you, I’m praying we will welcome more and more workers from ‘everywhere’ into WT.

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